CANNON MONTH: Salsa (1988)

Cannon made more than a few dance craze cash-ins. We already covered Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. In our next Cannon Month, we’ll get to the split of Goram and Globus and the same day release of Lambada and The Forbidden Dance.

Today, we salsa.

Former Menudo member Robby Rosa is Rico, a mechanic by day and a dancer at La Luna in East Los Angeles by night. He dreams of he and Vicky (Angela Alvarado, Judgement Night; she and Rosa met on this movie and remain married to this day) becoming the king and queen of salsa when they win La Luna’s Grand Salsa Competition. Yet what will happen when Luna(Miranda Garrison, Vivian from Dirty Dancing), the club’s owner, wants him for her very own?

Directed by Boaz Davidson and choreographed by Kenny Ortega, this movie is wonderfully 80s and as lightweight as a colorful sugary cocktail and may leave you with the same sugar rush and crash. Or you’ll love it like I did, because I yearn for the dance.

Also: Rico is absolutely the worst person and beyond not the hero of this movie, despite being set up to be the lead. All he cares about is Rico and salsa.

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